When a resident is admitted to an Illinois Long-Term Care Center, the nursing staff is required to perform accurate assessments to ensure the individual receives the highest level of care. These assessments include a physical exam, dental exam, vision exam and others. Unfortunately, not all facilities follow established procedures and protocols and take too long to perform assessments, which is often detrimental to the resident’s health. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent individuals who have been mistreated while residing in Illinois long-term care centers like Carole Lane Terrace.
Carole Lane Terrace
This Facility is a ‘for profit’ Long-Term Care Center providing services to residents of Sauk Village and Cook County, Illinois. The 16-certified-bed LTC Home is located at:
1641 Carole Lane
Sauk Village, Illinois 60411
Sauk Village LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can download statistics from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov) to review a comprehensive historical list of all health violations, safety concerns, filed complaints and opened investigations of every facility statewide. The information can be used to determine the level of health and hygiene care each community long-term care facility provides its patients.
The Cook County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed many health violations, safety concerns and deficiencies at this LTC home including:
- Failure to Complete a Resident’s Assessments within 30 Days after Admittance to the Facility to Ensure They Receive Proper Treatment and Care
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/03/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to ensure accurate assessments were completed within 30 days of admission.” The deficient practice involved a new admission to the facility.
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s Medical Records, a physical, a vision assessment, and dental assessment occurring in September and October 2016. The investigator noted that the resident “was admitted to the facility on 06/20/2016 [...and] all of the above assessments were completed after his 30-day requirement”, which should have occurred before 07/20/2016.
The investigator conducted an interview with the facility’s Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) on the afternoon of 11/02/2016 who was “asked why the [resident’s] assessments were completed after his initial 30 days of admission.” The staff member stated “that they were waiting on insurance approval for all of the medical assessments [...and] that she thought she completed the 30-day initial ISP, but it could not be located in the chart, and is not sure where it has been placed.”
- Failure to Ensure a Resident Received an MRI As Ordered by Their Physician
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/03/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “ensure an order for an MRI of the brain was obtained for [a resident] in the facility with complaints of a headache.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s records and Physician Order Sheet (POS) “from 06/09/2016 for an MRI of the brain, without contrast. The nursing note for [the resident] dated 07/25/2016 states that [the resident] was seen for an MRI on 07/05/2016 and was administered Valium,m two milligrams two hours prior to her visit.” During the visit, the resident “was uncooperative, and the MRI was not completed.”
A note in the medical records revealed that the resident “will need to go to the hospital where she can be put under medication that will make her sleep. There is no documentation present in [the resident’s] chart indicating that the MRI was completed.”
The investigator conducted an interview with the facility’s Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) in the early afternoon of 11/02/2016 who stated “that they are waiting for the physician to tell us where she can go to have the MRI completed while under sedation.” The staff member also confirmed “that to date, [the resident’s] MRI has not been completed.”
- Failure to Properly Administer Medications As Per Physician’s Orders
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/03/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “ensure medication was given correctly to [a resident] who was observed during medication pass.”
A review of the resident’s Physician Order Sheet (POS) indicates of the resident “is to receive chlorhexidine rinse twice daily and “if not possible, then swab the teeth thoroughly with towelette wet with the mouth rinse.”
The investigator observed a Direct Staff Member during a medication pass while giving the resident “a toothette dampened with chlorhexidine.” The resident “rubbed the toothette on both sides of her tongue, not touching her teeth.” The Direct Staff Member said that the resident “will not gargle, nor put the rinse on her teeth, just her tongue and gums.” The registered nurse on duty “said she was aware that [the resident] was not applying the rinse to her teeth.”
Sauk Village Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one was abused or mistreated while residing as a patient at Carole Lane Terrace, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our reputable Sauk Village attorneys working on your behalf can successfully resolve your case against the Illinois long-term care facility and staff members who caused your loved one harm.
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